48% of pets in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Obesity is a serious health problem and can shorten your pet's life span by two years.
An overweight dog is more likely to suffer from a disabling medical condition:
- Heart disease
- Lung disorders
- High blood pressure
- Immune dysfunction
- Cancerous tumors
Is your pet overweight or obese?
Things to remember when trying to manage your pet's weight:
Human food and treats significantly add to your pets calorie intake.
Calorie content of some common treats:
- 1 Large Milk-Bone Biscuit - 115 calories
- 2 Beggin Strips - 60 calories
- 3 Snausages - 90 calories
Remember, our pet's don't require as many calories as we do, so 100 calories goes a long way!
Average Daily Calorie Requirements for a Neutered adult dog:
- 10# - 349 calories
- 25# - 693 calories
- 50# - 1166 calories
- 80# - 1659 calories
Average Daily Requirements of a Neutered adult cat:
- 7# cat - 200 calories
- 10# cat - 262 calories
Some healthy treat options:
- Vegetables, ex: carrots, green beans, broccoli & cauliflower
- Fresh fruit, ex: apple slices, bananas, watermelon, (No Grapes!)
- Lean Treats
- Low fat dog biscuits
- Kibbles of your pet's dry food
Exercise is very important!
Make sure your pet always has lots of fresh, clean water available.
Know how much you are feeding your pet by measuring their food. Use a measuring cup and feed your pet for their ideal weight. We have free measuring cups, just ask!
Ask your pet's veterinarian for recommendations of what diet to feed your pet.
Feel free to stop in anytime and weigh your pet to check their progress.